Humorous Legends

Each and every human being in the world has a kinda sense of humour. Yes, legends too had a great sense of humour  😀

1. Isaac Newton
Although widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time, there is no record that
Isaac Newton ever made anything approaching a joke.  There was a complete absence of humorous books in his library, and he once sharply reprimanded his friend
Edmond Halley for joking about what Newton considered a serious subject.  Newton is reported to have laughed precisely once in his life – when a friend asked him what use he saw in Euclid’s Elements.

2. Oliver Cromwell
A hero to some, a villain to many,
Oliver Cromwell was known for his deep Puritanical streak rather than his sense of humour.
His regime ordered theatres to shut, including Shakespeare’s Globe, decreeing that they were: “ spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious Mirth and levitie .”
Cromwell even banned Christmas. In 1651 one of his ‘acts and ordinances’ posters announced to a glum nation: “No observation shall be had of the Five and twentieth day of December, commonly called Christmas-Day .”
Cromwell’s dour temperament was probably not helped by the bouts of depression believed to have afflicted him. Nevertheless, his parliamentarian colleague
Bulstrode Whitelocke wrote of him:
“ He would sometimes be very cheerful with us, and laying aside his greatness he would be exceeding familiar with us, and by way of diversion would make verses with us, and everyone must try his fancy. He commonly called for tobacco, pipes, and a candle, and would now and then take tobacco himself; then he would fall again to his serious and great business.”

3. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte’s sense of humour was so limited that he demanded that all court painters refrain from putting a smile on any of his portraits.  The original sufferer of the Napoleon complex (although the term may have been down to British propaganda), he was given to making statements such as, “You don’t reason with intellectuals; you shoot them ,” and, less forgivably, “Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”
One of my favourite quotes from Napoleon is perhaps unintentionally funny: “ Of all the peoples of Europe, Spaniards disgust me the least.”
If he kept his funny bone concealed in public, he did at least recognise the importance of humour in private, when he said: “ A woman laughing is a woman conquered.”

4. Adolf Hitler
There is evidence that Adolf Hitler did have a sense of humour, it’s just that it always required a victim.  His favourite target was Hermann Göring, who was overly fond of awarding himself titles and decorations. According to a book by Rochus Misch, a telephonist in the Berlin Bunker in 1945, Hitler once told a joke about Mrs Göring finding her husband in the bedroom, waving a baton over his underwear.  When she asked him what he was doing, he replied: “ I am promoting my underpants to OVERpants.”
August Kubizek, who was friends with the teenage Hitler, said:
“ I have often been asked . . . whether Adolf, when I knew him, had any sense of humour. . . . Certainly one’s impression of Hitler, especially after a short and superficial acquaintance, was that of a deeply serious man. This enormous seriousness seemed to overshadow everything else. It was the same when he was young. He approached the problems with which he was concerned with a deadly earnestness which ill suited his sixteen or seventeen years .”
Albert Speer, who probably knew the older Hitler better than anyone, said:
“ Hitler had no humour.  He left joking to others, although he could laugh loudly, abandonedly, sometimes literally writhing with laughter. Often he would wipe tears from his eyes during such spasms. He liked laughing, but it was always at the expense of others.”

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5. Joseph Stalin
Like Hitler, Joseph Stalin enjoyed a good laugh, but always at the expense of others. His bodyguard
Karl Pauker, was able to reduce Stalin to tears of laughter with his impressions of Grigory Zinoviev begging for his life in front of the firing squad. Stalin must have eventually tired of the joke because he later had Pauker executed too.
Stalin also loved the humiliating comedy that comes with drunkenness.  He regularly subjected his inner circle to hard drinking sessions where he would throw food at them, or force them to dance for his amusement (his main target for this was his pet ‘Ukrainian bear’ Nikita Khrushchev who had to dance on the table).
Stalin’s decidedly weird sense of humour recently same to light in the form of his scrawled captions on reproduction sketches of male nudes by 19th-century Russian artists. One picture shows a man naked from the back, standing against a wall with one hand appearing to reach down to his genitals. In the bottom corner, in red pencil, Stalin has scrawled, “ You need to work, not wank. Time for re-education .”

6. George Washington
While American history has portrayed George Washington as a stone faced icon with the gravitas befitting a Father of the Nation, he did enjoy it when his sense of the absurd was tweaked.
During the Revolutionary War, Washington bought a very spirited horse and one of his junior officers, keen to impress, volunteered to break it in. The horse threw the young man head-over-heels to the ground.  It was recorded that “ General Washington was so compulsed with laughter that it was declared, tears ran down his cheeks“.
Washington did at least have the ability to laugh at himself. When he attended the comedy play ‘Old Soldier’ in Philadelphia, one scene called on an actor to do an impression of Washington. According to a Philadelphia newspaper: “All eyes in the theatre turned toward the Presidential box to witness Washington’s hearty laugh .”
When King Charles III of Spain sent Washington the gift of a prized jackass, the animal became the butt of Washington’s humour. He named the jackass ‘Royal Gift’ and hoped it would sire a superior breed of draft animals for America. Royal Gift turned to be of absolutely no use, other than to consume feed. It also showed no interest in the brood mares brought in for his attention.  Washington wrote that the jackass was “…too full of Royalty to have anything to do with a plebeian race.”
In 1782 Washington gave the following sage advice to Major Benjamin Tallmadge: “I commend you, however, for passing the time in as merry a manner as you possibly could; it is assuredly better to go laughing than crying thro’ the rough journey of life .”

7. Mahatma Gandhi
Once asked whether he thought a sense of humour was necessary in life, Mahatma Gandhi said: “If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide .”
His readiness to laugh endeared him to people. Fellow campaigner for Indian Independence, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, said of Gandhi: “ he liked company very much. He was a man who liked to laugh, and he liked people who laughed, he liked children, he liked women, he liked good and cheerful company .”
Sarojini Naidu, said: “ To be greeted by his smile early in the morning is sufficient to set you right for the day. He is the most delightful companion, full of mirth – I think ‘mirth’ is the right word, a sort of infectious gaiety, too light for humour, too tolerant and genial for wit, perhaps ‘amused love’ would be a possible description. He has a charming trick of humorous self-deprecation, as when he calls himself a ‘crank’ or a ‘quack’ and chuckles at some recollections of outraged authority which he has ignored .”
This self-deprecation was evident when Gandhi visited England in 1931. Despite the climate, he toured the country wearing his traditional Indian peasant clothing of loincloth and sandals. While he was walking through the streets of the East End of London accompanied by a scrum of reporters and curious onlookers, a cheeky young urchin yelled out: “ Hey, Gandhi, where’s your trousers? ” Gandhi laughed heartily and later quipped: “ You people wear plus-fours, mine are minus-fours .”

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8. Abraham Lincoln
The long exposure times required for 19th century photographs made sombre statues of virtually all public figures, except Abraham Lincoln who occasionally achieved a hint of a smile. In fact, his deep belly-laughs were his most important release valve: “ With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die .”
Lincoln’s generally sunny disposition did not appeal to everyone. A journalist reporting the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates said of him: “ I could not take a real personal liking to the man, owing to an inborn weakness for which he was even then notorious and so remained during his great public career, he was inordinately fond of jokes, anecdotes, and stories.”
It was during these debates that Lincoln famously poked fun at his own odd-looking features. When Stephen Douglas accused Lincoln of being two-faced, Lincoln replied: “ Honestly, if I were two-faced, would I be showing you this one? ”
Sense of humour rating: 9/10
9. Albert Einstein
At the height of his worldwide fame as the father of modern physics, Albert Einstein commented: “In the past it never occurred to me that every casual remark of mine would be snatched up and recorded. Otherwise I would have crept further into my shell.”
What his utterances did reveal, as well as his scientific genius, was a character free of stifling convention and a robust sense of humour.
In the early 1930s while teaching at Caltech, Einstein was the guest of honour at a puppet show which featured an Einstein marionette specially made for the occasion.  After enjoying the show, Einstein’s only criticism was: “the puppet wasn’t fat enough! ”  He took a letter out of his pocket, crumpled it up, and padded out the puppet’s belly.
On Einstein’s 72nd birthday in 1951, photographer Arthur Sasse was trying to persuade him to smile for the camera.  Einstein stuck out his tongue instead. The now iconic photograph so amused Einstein he asked Sasse to give him 9 copies for his personal use. Einstein sent one copy to his friend, the journalist Howard K Smith, with the German inscription: “This gesture you will like, because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare. ”
Einstein also had the ability to simplify his greatest work in a way that would have been beyond Isaac Newton: “ Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.  Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

10. Winston Churchill
The wit and wisdom of Winston Churchill has filled volumes, but he was better known for his razor-sharp put downs than his self-deprecating humour.  For example, he famously said of his political rival Clement Atlee: “a modest man, who has much to be modest about .”
But the difference between Churchill and other world leaders like Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin was self-awareness.  He said: “Of course I am an egoist. Where do you get if you aren’t? ” He also said: “We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm .”
Like Abraham Lincoln, Churchill was also comfortable joking about his looks. When one lady remarked, “Winston! How wonderfully your new grandson resembles you! ”  Churchill replied: “ Madam, all babies look like me .”
Churchill’s use of the French language reveals much about his brand of stubborn mischief. His French was probably intentionally bad, particularly when dealing with sniffy Gallic characters like
Charles de Gaulle.  Churchill used ‘franglais’ to ensure he was never stuck for words. In one heated wartime argument with de Gaulle, he said “Si vous m’obstaclerez, je vous liquiderai! ” which needs no translation.  He also made a point of using the English pronunciation of cities (particularly London and Paris), and spoke French in a purely English accent. Churchill’s bad French so bothered his Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, who spoke perfect French with a beautifully polished accent, he felt constantly compelled to correct his boss. This greatly amused Churchill, who said: “ Will you please stop translating my French into French!

-Prasannapugazh

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Legendary Advice From The Legend

Many aspiring epic novelists surely wouldn’t mind writing like Leo Tolstoy . Here are some collections of advice from legendary Tolstoy.

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$Wake at five o’clock
$Go to bed no later than ten o’clock
$Two hours permissible for sleeping during the day
$Eat moderately
$Avoid sweet foods
$Walk for an hour every day
$Visit a brothel only twice a month
$Love those to whom I could be of service
$Disregard all public opinion not based on reason
$Only do one thing at a time
$Disallow flights of imagination unless necessary
$Never to show emotion
$Stop caring about other people’s opinion of myself
$Do good things inconspicuously
$Keep away from women
$Suppress lust by working hard
$Help those less fortunate
$Remind nobody’s perfect.
$Don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you could, and until you’ve stopped loving the women you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Marry when you’re old and good for nothing…Otherwise all that’s good and lofty in you will be lost.
$ When you criticize your work, always put yourself in the position of the most limited reader, who is looking only for entertainment in a book.
$The most interesting books are those in which the author pretends to hide his own opinion and yet remains faithful to it.
$When rereading and revising, do not think about what should be added (no matter how admirable the thoughts that come to mind) … but about how much can be taken away without distorting the overall meaning.
$ Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer
$ Always live less expensively than you might
$ Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for evry minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
$ Be good, but try to let no one know it

Will you accept these advices? Can you follow any one ever?

-Prasannapugazh

The Wolf of Wall Street

Warren Buffett “The man of dollars”

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22 Facts

1) While his elementary school classmates were dreaming about the major leagues and Hollywood, 10-year old Buffett was having lunch with a member of the New York Stock Exchange and setting life goals.

2) He bought his first stock at age 11.

3) When Buffett was a teen, he was already raking in about $175 a month — more than his teachers (and most adults).

4) He had amassed the equivalent of $53,000 by the time he was just 16.

5) He was rejected from Harvard Business School.

6) His idol refused to hire him the first time he applied.

7) Buffett spent $100 to take a Dale Carnegie course on public speaking.

8) His house is a humble five-bedroom in Omaha, Nebraska that he bought in 1956 for $31,500.

9) Buffett doesn’t keep a computer on his desk, and he chooses to use a flip phone rather than a smartphone.

10) In fact, he’s only sent one email in his life, to Jeff Raikes of Microsoft.

11) His distance from technology leaves him time for bridge, which he plays about 12 hours a week.

12) He spends 80% of his day reading.

13) He drinks an alarming amount of Coca-Cola each day.

14) 99% of Buffett’s wealth was earned after his 50th birthday.

15) Among investing legends, Buffett has the longest track record for beating the market.

16) $1,000 invested in Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stock in 1964, when Buffett took over the company and shares cost just $19, would be worth about $11.6 million dollars today.

17) Buffett’s net worth is greater than the GDP of Uruguay.

18) Buffett has so far donated enough money in his lifetime to build four Apple ‘Spaceship’ Campuses, which are $5 billion endeavors.

19) In 2013, Buffett made on average $37 million per DAY — that’s more than what Jennifer Lawrence made the entire year.

20) The multi-billionaire reportedly earns only $100,000 a year at Berkshire Hathaway — and spends it frugally

21) People are so fascinated with the legendary Buffett that they’ll spend millions of dollars to eat lunch with him.

22)  He doesn’t think money equals success: ‘I measure success by how many people love me. And the best way to be loved is to be lovable.’ 

12 guidelines from Warren Buffett
1. Invest wisely.
Buffett chooses to invest in ideas, not the people behind them. He once famously said that he chooses companies that are so wonderful, even an idiot could run them, mentioning the likelihood that someday one will.
2. Don’t forget your roots.
When he was in high school, Buffett landed a job delivering papers for The Washington Post. He has extended that early job into a lifelong relationship with the newspaper, with his company serving as its largest shareholder.
3. Live below your means.
Despite a net worth of $39 billion, Buffett lives in a surprisingly modest home . He bought the Omaha, Nebraska, house for $31,500 in 1958 and today he calls it the best investment he ever made. Instead of risking bankruptcy by spending every dime he makes, Buffett has chosen to live frugally and reap the rewards.
4. Save first, spend second.
Many people save what is left over each month after paying bills and making purchases. Buffett recommends instead that you set a certain amount of money aside each month for savings, then spend the amount that is left.
5. Research your investments.
Buffett advises carefully researching stocks before putting money into them. After thorough research, an investor shouldn’t be afraid to invest generously in a stock that has proved to be a strong one.
6. Hone your speaking skills.
In the early days of his career, Buffett was terrified of public speaking. Recognizing that it would be necessary to achieving his goals, he enrolled in a renowned course taught by Dale Carnegie. Today, he regularly tells young entrepreneurs that the ability to communicate effectively is essential to success.
7. Protect your reputation.
Money comes and goes but damage to a person’s reputation is irreversible. Buffett emphasizes the importance of protecting the reputation of both yourself and your business.
8. Keep good company.
Parents frequently warn their children that they will be judged by the company they keep. He advises professionals to hang out with people who are better than they are, saying that by doing so, it will inspire them to be better.
9. Resist fads.
You won’t see Buffett investing in trendy stocks like social media sites and hot technology. While sites like Facebook may be hot today, Buffett’s issue is that there’s no way to know that they’ll be just as hot five years down the line.
10. Minimize meetings.
Instead of regular meetings, Buffett chooses to send a letter each year to each of his companies. The letter outlines his goals for the year and celebrates the past year’s successes. He avoids bogging his companies down with long meetings and unnecessary phone calls, instead letting his workers spend their time doing their jobs.
11. Don’t give up.
When Buffett purchased Berkshire Hathaway, it was a failing textile firm, specializing in lining for men’s suits. Buffett saw promise, however, noticing price patterns connected to the company’s mill closings. Through his leadership, the company was able to grow to a multinational conglomerate.
12. Enjoy your work.
Buffett has expressed disbelief at the fact that people take successive jobs they dislike to advance their careers. He believes life is too short and we should all spend our time and effort on work we love.
Warren Buffett serves as proof that when a professional has the right goals in place, he can accomplish anything. Through carefully researching his life, professionals can learn lessons that will help them as they build their own businesses and invest their earnings.

-Prasannapugazh

Secret of Sucess

Ten Most Important Attitudes for Success by Elon Musk

Never Give Up

Elon faced two continuous failures in an attempt to send rockets to space which were worth $90 Mn in total. Despite of that the man does not give up and continued with the third successful attempt. ‘I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.”

Really Like What You Do

Whatever area that you get into, even if you are the best of the best, there are chances of failures. It is really important that you like what you are doing, because the thoughts will then keep you busy, even if you are not working. If you don’t like it, than I think you will not be able to make it than.

Don’t Listen To The #Little Man

When you start, you get all kinds of advices, both positive and negative, from all around you. One should not give head to such things and should continue trying and be happy about it.

Take A Risk

As you grow old your obligations increase and it becomes much harder to take risks then. So now is the time to do that. “Take risks now. Do something bold.”

Do Something Important

If something is important to you and humanity, you should go and give it a try because its worth it.

Focus On Signal Over Noise

A lot of companies get confused and focus on things which really do not make the product better. “At Tesla, we never spent any money on advertising. We put all the money into R+D, and manufacturing and design to try to make the car as good as possible.” For any given company, they should just keep thinking about, are these efforts that we are spending on are resulting in a better product or a service. If they are not, stop those efforts.

Look For Problem Solvers

Anyone who has struggled hard with the problem will know the inside and out of it completely. While interviewing someone for the company, one should always look for problem solvers, those who have faced problems and has come up with a solution themselves.

Attract Great People

It is a mistake to hire huge numbers of people to get a complicated job done. Numbers will never compensate for talent in getting the right answer. Two people who don’t know something are no better than one, and will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive. A company is a group of people gathered to create a product or service. Depending upon how talented and hardworking that group is, and the degree to which they’re focused cohesively in a good direction, that will determine the success of the company. So do everything you can to gather great people if you’re creating a company.

Have A Great Product

You must stay very focused on the quality of the product. People get really wrapped up in all sorts of esoteric notions of how to manage etc., but people should get much more focused on the product itself – how do you make the product incredibly compelling to a customer – just become maniacally focused on building it better. “I think people get distracted from that.”

Work Super Hard

Work like hell. “I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success.” If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing you know that… you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.

I’ll keep my dream

One day a boy was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’
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“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Think Well; Think Better; Think Best

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Are you struggling for a victory, failure occurring again again?
Wow, it’s Okay. Yes really it’s okay.

Oftentimes things go OK or even better than that.
But on some days they don’t.
You make a mistake, have setback or you simply fail. It’s no fun. But you can’t avoid it either unless you avoid doing anything at all.
So what’s needed is a smart and self-kind way to handle such situations instead of letting them lead to vicious self-beatings and to them dragging you down into negativity for the day or month.
This week I’d like to share 9 habits that’ve helped me with that. I hope they will be useful for you too.

1. First, just accept how you feel.
When you’ve just failed it will most likely hurt. Sometimes a bit. Sometimes a lot.
That’s OK. Don’t try to push it away by distracting yourself or by trying to push the responsibility onto the rest of the world (if you deep down know that this one’s on you partly or fully). And don’t try to paint it over with a smile.
I’ve found that it works better to not let yourself be lead away by those options or impulses.
But to just be with what I’m thinking and feeling. To try to accept it, to let it in and to hurt for a while instead of trying to reject it all and to keep it away.
Because when you let it in and accept it then it will go faster and in the long run be less painful to process what has happened.
If you reject how you really feel then those emotions will pop up at unexpected times later on and can make you moody, pessimistic, angry or sad.

2. Remember: you’re not a failure just because you had a setback.
When you’ve had a setback it’s very easy to start thinking that you will always keep failing in this area of your life. It’s easy to start thinking that YOU are indeed a failure.
Don’t fall for such a destructive and sometimes seductive self-fulfilling prophecy.
Instead, remind yourself that:
Just because you failed today or yesterday doesn’t mean that you’ll fail the next time.
The truth is that this won’t last for the rest of your life if you keep moving forward, if you take action and you keep learning and it doesn’t label you as some kind of failure (except if you decide to create that label in your own head).
Seeing what’s negative as a temporary thing instead of something permanent is an essential key to an optimistic attitude and to keep going forward in life.

3. Be constructive and learn from this situation.
See it more as valuable feedback and something you can use to improve rather than only a big blow and setback.
I’ve found that the simplest and most helpful way to do that is to ask myself better questions (instead of the common ones that send you off into a negative spiral).
The important thing is to start thinking about the situation from this perspective and to be constructive about things instead of getting stuck in denial or negativity and apathy.

4. Remind yourself: anyone who wants to do things of value in life will fail.
We often mostly just hear about people’s successes. But the path to those milestones tends to have many setbacks. The story of someone’s success may seem only bright and fast-moving in what’s told in the media or we see in our minds.
But the reality – and the useful way to approach setbacks – is most often more like this quote by Michael Jordan:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

5. Let it out into the light.
Another powerful way to handle the emotional fallout and the thoughts that come from a failure is to not keep it all bottled up inside.
But to let it out into the light by talking it over with someone close to you.
By venting about it while the other person just listens you can sort things out for yourself, help yourself to accept what happened instead of pushing it away and release that inner pressure.
By having a conversation about the situation you can see it from another perspective and through someone else’s eyes. This person can help you to ground yourself in reality again, to encourage and to perhaps even to find a way forward.

6. Find inspiration and support from your world.
A conversation with someone close to you can be very helpful.
Another thing you can do is to learn from those who’ve gone where you want to go. Read about how they handled setbacks and low-points before or during their success in books, on websites or online forums.
Or you can simply tap into the enthusiasm or motivation of someone else by listening to a podcast or audio book for maybe 30-60 minutes. This may not be specifically about your current challenge but can help you to shift your mood and mindset back towards optimism again.

7. Move forward again, don’t get stuck in mulling this situation over for too long.
Processing the situation and accepting it is essential.
But I know from experience that it’s also easy to get stuck in the same thoughts going around and around for week or a month.
The habit that has helped me with this trap is to take what I learn from questions like the ones I shared in tip #3 and to make a small rough plan for how I want to move forward from here.
So I take some time to sit down and write that one out.

8. Take action on that plan right away after you’ve drawn it up.
The plan you come up with will just be a start. You can course-correct later on, along the way.
So you don’t have to make it perfect. Trying to do that can sometimes just be a way to procrastinate because you fear failing again or because it is hard to start moving after this rough and disorienting thing that happened to you.
Split your start of a plan up into small steps and then take action on just one of them.
If you still have a hard time to get going then go for a very small step, just 1-5 minutes of action forward. The important thing is to get started and moving forward again so make that easy on yourself.

9. Improve your self-esteem.
A last thing that has helped me in general to handle setbacks is t improve my self-esteem .
By doing so failures don’t become something that so easily drags me down and I recover more quickly from them.

It also makes it easier to see what happened with more clarity and to take responsibility when I am responsible but also to see when someone else is partly responsible or when I just had bad luck that I could honestly not have predicted. And that helps me to not think that everything that goes wrong in my life is 100% my fault.
But how do you improve your self-esteem?

A good start would be to use much of what you find in this article. Like remembering that YOU are not a failure, that everyone have setbacks, to be constructive in the face of adversity and so on.

By doing these things over and over and making them habits your self-esteem improves.
And over time a smaller setback may just bounce off of you and a larger one will not be the same blow as it used to and the shock and climb back up from what happened becomes easier and not something that is as paralyzing anymore.

-Prasannapugazh

I Love Failure

Do you feel that you’re failing in life comparing to people around you?

If you lack the reasons to move on with your life, read this inspiring story. This is a story of two guys – Ricky and Antony, both graduated from the same college…

Ricky got a job paying $80000,

Antony could not find anything.

Ricky got the chicks, Antony was celibate.

Ricky went to parties every day,

Antony was wasting his 20s.

Ricky got promoted, Antony was a waiter.

Ricky invested in shares, Antony hardly earned enough to invest.

Ricky lost everything in shares,

Antony found the love of his life.
Ricky was deserted by all the girls, Antony got married.

Ricky was broke, Antony built a house.

Ricky had no sex, Antony made love every day.

Ricky desperately wanted to get married, Antony was soon to be a father.

Ricky resorted to drugs, Antony resorted to his children.

Ricky lost everything, Antony found everything.

Everyone fails in life; not just at the same time or in the same things. But don’t you give up.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure.

Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail.

If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. – H. Stanley Judd

Right, just fight hard because
success tastes much sweeter after failure.

-Prasannapugazh